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  • Students of Escuela de Arte 10 (Madrid), Guadalajara Art School and Ana Maria Matute High School in Cabanillas del Campo, have been the first beneficiaries of this activity throughout the month of May and June. In November, further workshops will take part all over Spain. Those schools interested in this activity may apply for it through our contact form.
  • If you want to know who organizes the QR Art Lab, visit the website of Cinefilia, where you can see the projects and activities in which we are working.
  • The traveling exhibition of QR Art consist of works from the First QR Art Lab Competition, as well as a set of pictures to introduce the visitor in the world of QR art. The exhibition started on September 24th, 2013 at the Buero Vallejo Auditorium, coinciding with the program of the XI Festival de Cine Solidario de Guadalajara.
  • If you want any further information provided by this website, contact us through our contact form.
  • We have just opened a profile of QR Art Lab on Facebook and we hope you enjoy it. With this tool we expect to offer you updated news, events, announcements and anecdotes that will generate the Laboratory.
  • We are developing a website directory with interesting social contents, which can be used to create de QR codes for the works presented by the participants in the First QR Art Lab Competition. If you wish to suggest a link, send us your proposal through our contact form.
Código QR
What are QR Codes?
Utilidades QR
What is the use of QR Codes?
Arte QR
What is QR Art?
Código QR
What is the QR Art Lab?
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What are QR Codes?

Although you may not know their name, surely you've seen them everywhere. These codes are an evolution of barcodes, and like them, are used to store information. They are recognizable for their three corners with large concentric squares and lots of dark squares distributed in an apparently random way. They can store far more information than barcodes and are becoming more and more widespread, replacing barcodes often.

What is the use of QR Codes?

With the help of a smartphone or other mobile device, you can scan them and access to certain information, usually through a link to a website, a business card V-Card, geo-location coordinates, or plain text. Therefore, we could say that QR codes are a gateway to access from the physical world to the Internet.

Con la ayuda de un smarptphone podemos acceder a la información que contienen los códigos QRAlthough initially created for use in the automotive industry, they are currently widely used and have applications as diverse as advertising, merchandising, graphic design, business cards, catalogs, help in locating Alzheimer patients, information on art works or monuments, menus translation in restaurants, etc. Thanks to QR codes it's really easy to access the web from an advertiser, keep your contact details on the agenda or make a call, send an email or see your situation with Google Maps.

QR codes are encoded with an algorithm that introduces some level of redundant information in order to correct possible errors while reading them. Consequently, up to 30% of the information they contain may be disregarded, allowing therefore some degree of deformation, distortion or modification, making it possible to create custom QR codes, or QR Art.

What is QR Art?

QR Art is the term generally used to describe a trend that uses QR codes as a starting point for creating art works in any discipline. This is a very recent tendency, but it has already created a legion of experimentation and creation. You can find plenty of examples on the Internet, but here you have some that have caught our attention.

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Furthermore, the QR Art has been carried to all disciplines:

What is the QR Art Lab?

The QR Art Lab, with a vision that combines art, technology and solidarity, aims to use QR codes as a canvas on which to create cutting-edge interactive artistic creations. Through exhibitions, competitions, lectures, workshops, games and more, we aim to explore the possibilities of this tool, which allows us to link the real world to the Internet, or send any information to an electronic device. The QR Art Lab is an event committed to our society, and therefore we give special attention to the transmission of high social contents.

The QR Art Lab has five targets:

  1. Artistic. Boosts the creativity of artists, promoting QR codes as a canvas to create their works, offering citizens an interactive product with a dual purpose: enjoy the creativity of artists and access relevant web content.
  2. Industrial. Encourages the demand of QR Art within the standard industry, and thus job opportunities for the group of artists who wish to specialize in this discipline.
  3. Educational. Promotes training of art students through various activities concerted with schools.
  4. Social. Promotes the access to websites of organizations, groups and institutions working for social justice.
  5. Experimental. Encourages the research and experimentation of innovative applications in the field of culture, for custom QR codes and their applications as a tool for humanity.

The QR Art Lab is open to the participation of a large segment of the population. It is an event which accommodates artists, graphic designers, developers, programmers, performing artists, artisans, etc. Professional artists from different nationalities will participate in the project, and we'll count with the contribution of students from various art schools with which we are reaching collaborative arrangements.


Here we show a list of links to websites or items which contents have great social interest. If you participate in the QR Art Lab Competition, you can use either of these links to create your QR code. If you know any web that you consider interesting to appear on this list, you can use our contact form to let us know your proposal.

Click on the header to sort the list according to your criteria.

Content Link
Alternativas Económicas http://alternativaseconomicas.coop/
3500 millones. Ideas irreverentes contra la pobreza http://blogs.elpais.com/3500-millones/
Dos profesores viajando por el mundo http://buscando.waslala.org/presentacion
Centros de Integración de Extranjeros (CIES) http://carcelesracistas.org/
Armas Bajo Control http://controlarms.org/es/
Econoplastas http://econoplastas.org/
El Faro http://elfaro.net/
El Rincón Lento http://elrinconlento.org/
Comida para Todos http://enoughfoodif.org/
Ideas para no tirar comida (en catalá) http://nollencemnimica.wordpress.com/
Periodismo Humano http://periodismohumano.com/
Reporteros galegos solidarios http://www.agareso.org/
Attack España http://www.attac.es/
Ayuda en Acción http://www.ayudaenaccion.org
Contra la explotación en los paises productores http://www.carrodecombate.com/
Casa del Tíbet de Barcelona http://www.casadeltibetbcn.org/es
German Development Institute http://www.die-gdi.de/CMS-Homepage/openwebcms3_e.nsf/(wStartpages)/Institut?Open&nav=expand:Institute;active:Institute
Agencia de la ONU para el Refugiado http://www.eacnur.org/
European Centre for Development Policy Management http://www.ecdpm.org/
El Puercoespín http://www.elpuercoespin.com.ar/
Entreculturas http://www.entreculturas.org/index.php
Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación http://www.fao.org/index_en.htm
Cooperación española http://www.fiiapp.org/
Fundación García Márquez http://www.fnpi.org/
Fondo Internacional para el Desarrollo Agrario http://www.ifad.org/
Instituto Salud Global Barcelona http://www.isglobal.org/es/healthisglobal/-/custom-blog-portlet/245344?p_r_p_564233524_userId=229825
Karuna Dana http://www.karunadana.org/
La Silla Vacía http://www.lasillavacia.com/
Tecnología y cooperación http://www.masticable.org/
Nutrición Sin Fronteras http://www.nutricionsinfronteras.org/bcncomparteixelmenjar/?page_id=51&lang=es
Instituto de Desarrollo de Ultramar http://www.odi.org.uk/
Plaza Pública http://www.plazapublica.com.gt/
Pueblos Unidos http://www.pueblosunidos.org/cpu/
Fundación Quepo http://www.quepo.org/es/
Ropa limpia http://www.ropalimpia.org/es/
Objetivos del Milenio http://www.un.org/es/millenniumgoals/
Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home.html
Músicos Solidarios http://www.vocesparalapaz.com/index.php
Programa Mundial de Alimentos http://www.wfp.org/
Por qué existe la pobreza http://www.whypoverty.net/